Farmers Put the Byte Into Food Production


By Paul Pishal

Farmer-to-Everything Connections for the Future —

As high-tech city concepts gain momentum, like Bleutech Park Las Vegas (, they become a beacon of our transforming world, a shining example of sustainable, smart living. But urban areas aren’t the only fertile grounds for data-driven initiatives.

Like US tech giants and entrepreneurs, farmers are futurists by nature: they plan for the next growing season, predict frost and storms, and forecast market sell targets. As part of their long-game, farmers deploy digital technologies such as sensors, machine learning and visioning, and artificial intelligence (AI), in their fields and facilities. These technologies help umpire animal behavior, crop yields, soil conditions, market pricing, and other unknowns, to optimize how farmers plan, produce, and bring food to market. A sustainable, high-yield approach to agriculture is critical because, by 2050, the global population will reach 9.8 billion, and food demand will increase by 50%.

Interest in tech-savvy farming is on the rise, but the rural Digital Divide is slowing agriculture modernization. As home-grown leaders, rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) may be the linchpin of closing the Digital Divide and building the networks to realize Agriculture 2.0 and our global food supply goals.

Connected technologies help US agriculture be more productive and sustainable.

Originally published on December 1, 2020